Exploring the Charming Ohio Community of Chagrin Falls

The epoynmous falls of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
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Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a picturesque village of 4,000 residents, sits at the edge of Cuyahoga County, about 40 minutes from downtown Cleveland. The town, named for the scenic falls in the center of town, is known for its historic architecture, restaurant scene, interesting antique shopping and art galleries, and its vibrant arts community.

History

The Village of Chagrin Falls was discovered in the mid-19th century by the early settlers of Connecticut's Western Reserve. These early residents were primarily religious groups and several of the village's churches, including the Methodist Church on Franklin Street, date back to that era. The town grew quickly around the river and falls, along which flour, woolen, and paper mills developed as well as a foundry. The village was incorporated in 1844.

Business owners and tradesmen built elaborate brick homes in a variety of styles. Many of these mid-19th-century homes have been restored to their original glory and several are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The People of Chagrin Falls

The 2.1 square miles that make up the Village of Chagrin Falls is home to approximately 4,000 residents. The majority are of German, English, and Irish descent.

Chagrin Falls has some notable residents and has been home to comedian Tim Conway; artist Bill Waterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes; rock musician Scott Weiland; and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.

Shopping in Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls is known for its interesting shopping, most of which is located along Main and Franklin Streets. Shops include numerous antique stores and art galleries, the Fireside Independent Bookshop, Winds of Change Boutique, Chico's, the Olive Scene, Chagrin Fine Jewelry, Schneider Saddlery and Tack, and Chagrin River Outfitters.

Restaurants

Chagrin Falls is home to a number of fun and tasty eateries. Among them are:

  • Burntwood Tavern - New American cuisine, live music, and craft beer
  • Jekylls Kitchen - A stylish restaurant with a great patio and view of the falls
  • Bell & Flower - Community atmosphere, tasty food, and wines by the glass make this a neighborhood favorite
  • Paris Room Bistro - Small bistro serving continental fare with live music on select evenings
  • Hunan by the Falls - Elegant Chinese fare
  • Yours Truly - A friendly local restaurant serving breakfast, fire-grilled burgers, and cocktails and is a sister restaurant to the Yours Truly on Shaker Square

    Things to Do in Chagrin Falls

    The Village of Chagrin Falls hosts a regular calendar of events. Among the most popular are the June "Art by the Falls" art show, the Memorial Day Parade, the holiday tree lighting, and the annual House and Garden Tour.

    In addition to the numerous art galleries in town, Chagrin Falls is home to the Chagrin Valley Little Theater, a popular community theater; the Valley Art Center, a community non-profit facility that provides exhibit space and classes in a variety of art media; and the Chagrin Falls Historical Society which has a museum featuring area history.

    Chagrin Falls is home to Riverside Park and the Chagrin Falls Triangle Park in the downtown shopping district. Just outside of town is the South Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks System.

    Where to Stay

    The Inn of Chagrin Falls is a charming circa 1927 inn, located within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and the falls. The 15-room inn is decorated with period furniture and some units feature a fireplace and/or a Jacuzzi tub. About 15 minutes from Chagrin Falls, in Solon, are several corporate hotels, including the Hampton Inn and the Homewood Suites.

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